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Injuries to Lauvao, Lichtensteiger force strange shift on Redskins offensive line

Injuries to Lauvao, Lichtensteiger force strange shift on Redskins offensive line

Injuries are pummeling the Redskins offensive line as both starting center Kory Lichtensteiger and left guard Shawn Lauvao are out for Washington. Redskins PR announced Lichtensteiger injured his calf and Lauvao injured his ankle.

The injuries forced some bizarre substitutions for the 'Skins. Spencer Long came in to play center, and without another backup giard on the active roster, veteran Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams moved to left guard. Ty Nsekhe then took Williams' spot at left tackle.

Watching Williams at left guard is going to be odd for Redskins fans accustomed to 71 on the outside. For Kirk Cousins, working with Spencer Long is also a unique challenge.

Should the Redskins sustain another offensive line injury, there are no more offensive line substitutes available. A tight end would likely have to come in and play tackle, or something more bizarre and unusual.

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Benches clear in confrontation between Nats and Pirates

Benches clear in confrontation between Nats and Pirates

With the division title clinched the night before, it seemed the Nationals were poised for an uneventful series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon. 

That wasn't to be, as the two clubs engaged in a benches clearing altercation in the bottom of the third inning. The tension started in the top of the frame, when Bryce Harper was injured while sliding to third base on a triple. The Nats took exception to Pirates third baseman Jung-ho Kang faking a tag on Harper, which may have led to the injury. 

So when Nats starter A.J. Cole threw behind Kang in the bottom of the inning, the near-fracas was ignited.

Cole was immediately ejected from the game, benches cleared, and each side exchanged words. The Pirates' Sean Rodriguez was also ejected from the game.